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Man arrested for armed robbery in Cloquet

A Wrenshall man was arrested in February after allegedly holding up the Holiday Gas Station in Cloquet.

Colt Dalton Nyberg, 20, faces charges of felony aggravated robbery in the first degree and petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Nyberg allegedly came into the Holiday store on Cloquet Avenue "brandishing a knife and demanding money from the clerk" at 10:43 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

The clerk told police a man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and carrying a camouflage backpack entered the store, pulled out a large hunting knife and demanded all the money from the cash register and safe. The employee complied with his demands and the suspect stuffed the money in his sweatshirt pocket.

The man's actions, however, caught the attention of a quick thinking customer outside the store, who attempted to block the doorway. The suspect was able to push his way through the door and ran outside, but the witness then went to his vehicle to call 911 and give a location and description to police.

According to a press release from the Cloquet Police Department, three minutes later, an officer located the suspect running northbound on the 10 block of 16th Street. The officer ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and took him into custody without incident. When Nyberg was taken into custody, police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in his pants and recovered the $467 cash stolen from the Holiday store.

According to the criminal complaint, Nyberg gave a statement to police officers admitting that he "had gone into the store, brandished the knife against the clerk demanding money from the till and safe."

Nyberg had his first court appearance Feb. 21. His bail was set at $50,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Nyberg's next court appearance was set for Wednesday, Feb. 28, as the Pine Journal went to press. He appears to have no previous criminal record.